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Bits and Bytes Episode 1: Getting Started


Published 1983


Welcome to Bits and Bytes, a television program about computers, or rather about microcomputers — the small, personal ones that are selling like hot cakes nowadays.

Bits and Bytes was a Canadian television series, produced by TVOntario in 1983. It starred Luba Goy as the instructor, and Billy Van as the student. The show consisted of 12 episodes and featured many of the classic 80s microcomputers including the Apple ][, Commodore PET, VIC 20 and 64, Atari 800, TRS-80, TI 99 and the IBM PC. The subjects were:

Program 1: Getting Started
Program 2: Ready-Made Programs
Program 3: How Programs Work?
Program 4: File & Data Management
Program 5: Communication Between Computers
Program 6: Computer Languages
Program 7: Computer-Assisted Instruction
Program 8: Games & Simulations
Program 9: Computer Graphics
Program 10: Computer Music
Program 11: Computers at Work
Program 12: What Next?

For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bits_and_bytes. Also note that this series is no longer available for sale, and has been made available here for posterity.


Run time 27:49
Producer TVOntario
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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